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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

 

Man, 99, is safest driver

99-year-old is safest driver - no speeding tickets in 84 years

99-year-old George Geeson could be Britain's safest driver.

 

Telegraph UK

10:37AM BST 20 Oct 2009

 99-year-old is safest driver - no speeding tickets in 84 years

99-year-old George Geeson could be Britain's safest driver Photo: MASONS NEWS SERVICE

After 84 years of driving he has never had a speeding ticket or caused an accident during nearly one million miles at the wheel.

Mr Geeson got his licence at the age of 15 in 1925 driving a Model T Ford and bought his first car, a Wyllis-Overland Whippet, 10 years later for two pounds and ten shillings (£2.50).

He has owned dozens of cars and motorbikes in 84 years of driving and has no trouble on the roads despite never having to sit a formal driving test.

Mr Geeson, a grandfather-of-three, has only ever been involved in one accident - when another motorist shunted into the back of him in the pouring rain in 1958.

Mr Geeson a former garage owner, of South Witham, near Grantham, Lincs., said his driving motto is safety first and he had always been careful to observe the law.

He said: ''I have always said to myself if I stay on the right side of the law I've no reason to be scared of anyone or anything.

''We used to think that 60mph was very fast but now people seem to drive at 100mph and that's too fast for me.

''I've always been careful. Even the one accident I did have was down to somebody else."

Mr Geeson opened the Fox Garage on the A1 in Lincolnshire with his brother Leonard in 1932 when it was still known as the Great North Road.

He first got behind the wheel of a Ford Model T in 1925, as an apprentice earning just one penny an hour - but he could not afford to buy his own car until Christmas Day 1935.

Mr Geeson nows drives a red Peugeot 106, but said his first love will always be the Ford.

 

 

GEORGE'S CARS:

 

First drove a Model T Ford in 1925

 

Owned:

1935 - blue Willys-Overland Whippet

1937 - black Ford 8 saloon

1939 - black Ford Anglia 'standard'

1940 - blue Buick Special saloon

1941 - grey eight-seater Humber Pullman

1941 - grey Model A Ford

1953 - green Ford Popular

1959 - green with white top Ford Consul

1963 - Ford Consul

1965 - dark blue Jaguar 3.8 S-type

1970 - green Chrysler Valiant

1974 - dark blue Triumph Spitfire1500

1976 - blue Austin Maxi

1980 - green Austin 1100

1984 - Austin 1100

1997 - red Peugeot Diesel 306

2001 - red Peugeot 106


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